On Hosting Visiting Global Health Scholars

Written by Robyn Scatena, MD, Associate Director of Global Health at Norwalk Hospital

In the Norwalk Hospital Intensive Care Unit, we have the opportunity to host visiting global health scholars with some regularity. Many of our fellows and residents in the Intensive Care Unit have themselves participated in global health rotations. I asked our trainees to share some reflections on being global health “hosts.” They shared with me the many ways in which they have grown and benefitted.


New Insights

Written by Dr. Nguyen Huyen Chau, Global Health Scholar from Vietnam

The United States welcomed me with pleasant weather and a comfortable house in a peaceful residential area near Norwalk Hospital. I was immediately impressed with the hospital’s clean, peaceful environment, and amazed by the high level of organization that allows for each patient to have his or her own specific appointment time, thereby eliminating long waiting periods.

A Marvelous Three Months

Written by Dr. Nguyễn Thị Kim Thanh, rheumatologist, Global Health Scholar from Vietnam

On a prior trip to the USA for a twelve-day vacation last year, I was impressed with stunning scenery, big roads, extraordinary skyscrapers, and large shopping malls. This time around, I was surprised by the good manners of the American people, which I could not have learned from books or the internet.

Caring For One Patient, Serving an Entire Community

Written by Rafael Khalitov, M.D., Global Health Scholar from Russia

“Anxious to bring both the year and New Year’s Day into line with the West, Peter decreed that the next new year would begin on January 1 and that the coming year would be numbered 1700… But to blunt the argument of those who said that God could not have made the earth in the depth of winter, Peter invited them “to view the map of the globe and gave them to understand that Russia was not all the world and that what was winter with them was, at the same time, always summer in those places beyond the equator.”
 -Robert K. Massie, Peter the Great: His Life and World
As a graduate of Kazan State Medical University, I am proud that my Alma Mater was among the first Russian institutions to send graduates and residents to medical facilities in other countries. Global health is one of the most powerful tools with which professional horizons can be widened. It reminds us why we chose medicine in the first place.

The Success of a Medical Collective

Written by Dr. Long H. Tran, J1 Scholar from Vietnam

I am grateful to have experienced and felt true American life. The organization arranged a very nice house for us close to the hospital with a nice friend from the Dominican Republic with whom we shared and exchanged our cultures. I had a warm dinner with Miss Laurie’s family for Thankgiving, a New Year party at Dr. Winter’s home, and a meeting night with international friends at Dr. Sadigh’s home. Everyone was always beside us to help, to share, and to teach. We traveled to some famous places and saw many things. I not only learned about the English language, but also about culture and communication skills, thereby gaining a greater understanding of Americans and of the United States.

Experiencing American Life

Written by Hai Long, Global Health Scholar from Vietnam

I had many hopes for my time in the United States. I wanted to see the way medical teams work, and the roles and responsibilities of everyone in the organization, including management, doctors, nurses, paramedics, and sanitation workers, as health professionals include not only those directly involved in medical care but also those working for infection control of the community. I was also looking forward to learning about medical machines and new clinical techniques. Finally, I was hoping to improve my English language skills. Fortunately, I can say that all these hopes have been met, although English is still a challenge despite the improvements I have made.

Have You Ever Been to the United States? I Have!

Written by Dr. Sang, J1 Scholar from Vietnam Danbury, Connecticut

“Have you ever been to the United States?” people ask. I am proud to say,“Yes I have!” I am amazed by the knowledge I attained during these six months at Danbury and Waterbury Hospitals, the friends I made from around the world, and what a cozy feeling I had. The excitement has outlasted my return to Vietnam.